Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron are hoping to strike a pre-Christmas deal in the North. Photographs:  Julien Warnard/EPA

A response is expected from British prime minister David Cameron to a £2 billion financial package request from the Northern Executive’s five parties(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan said it was “important that all parties renew their focus”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he still believes there is time to reach agreement in the Northern talks by the end of the yea(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson is flanked by party members after the talks in Stormont where a dose of austerity medicine was all that was on offer. Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered a snappy explanation as to why he and British prime minister David Cameron so abruptly quit the Stormont talks yesterday (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) flanked by party members at Stormont. There is big  doubt over whether a pre-Christmas deal is achievable. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tensions at the heart of the failed Northern Ireland talks were illustrated by a verbal spat between David Cameron and Gerry Adams shortly before the (...)

The clear implication from all the Northern parties was that a generous injection of cash by London – talk was of £1 billion or so – would certainly s(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)

The visit of  Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to Flanders in Belgium coincides with a programme of commemorative events that is planned to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce, where British and German soldiers played football in no man’s land. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Northern Irish Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to travel to Belgium on Saturday on a historic official visit to commemorate the centenary o(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: will hold out the carrot of the Northern Executive having corporation tax-setting powers if a deal is done. Photograph: EPA

The Stormont negotiations designed to reach agreement on a range of issues are now at a “crucial stage”, said British prime minister David Cameron as (...)